How much should I get paid?

All apprentices are employees, employed under an Apprenticeship Agreement, which is incorporated into the contract of employment.

Your wages will be a matter for negotiation, but they must not be below the National Minimum Wage (NMW) apprenticeship rate. This rate applies to apprentices aged between 16 and 18, and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of apprenticeship. This apprenticeship rate is £3.50 per hour from 1 April 2017. The rate is reviewed annually and changes each April.

You are also entitled to holiday pay and statutory sick pay.

For your employer to be allowed to pay the apprenticeship rate, there must be a proper Apprenticeship Agreement in place that meets all the requirements of the apprenticeship framework set by the government.

When a union is recognised at your workplace, they generally negotiate pay rates well above the national minimum.

If you have completed the first year of your apprenticeship and you are 19 or over, you are entitled to at least the NMW rate appropriate to your age.

This is:

  • £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20,
  • £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 and
  • £7.50 an hour for workers 25 or over.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.